by Suzette Hollingsworth
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Publisher: Icicle Ridge Graphics
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Paperback: 226 pages
The Great Detective in Love series:
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess
Sherlock Holmes and the Dance of the Tiger
Sherlock Holmes and the Chocolate Menace
"Blast! Mrs. Hudson, how can I get any work done with dirty lab jars?" blared Sherlock Holmes from the laboratory of his second-floor flat on Baker Street.
Jane Austen sighting:
"Ah. I marvel that the women in Jane Austen's era were able to bear children at all—as did my mother and your mother, being as they were without the aid of corsets." (Sherlock to Watson)
-chapter 9, page 71
Mystery with romantic elements, Chanticleer Murder and Mayhem 2015 - Official Finalist
Mirabella Hudson soon learns that the Great Detective has more in store for her than washing jars and labeling specimens: pistol shooting, fencing, boxing, and Jiu-Jitsu. This she can master, but Mirabella must face the greatest horror of all: Miss de Beauvais' Finishing School for Distinguished Young Ladies.
Sherlock Holmes gets more than he bargained for when he hires his landlady's young ward to keep his laboratory in order. Mrs. Hudson's niece might be clever, but Mirabella Hudson is insubordinate, talks too much, is an accident waiting to happen--and, worst of all, is distractingly pretty.
Unfortunately, 'pretty' is just what Sherlock Holmes needs.
Sherlock might be a master of disguise, but pretty he is not. The Great Detective requires a female operative to go under cover at London's premier finishing school where Princess Elena Petrovic-Njegos of Montenegro is a client--and the target of an assassination plot. If the inexperienced Miss Hudson and her employer do not succeed in saving the princess, there is trouble brewing across the globe that could potentially lead to war on a massive scale.
Montenegro is a small Serbian country, but She has among her allies the Mother Russia.
One unsuccessful case could ruin this young detective's career before it starts. Above all, Sherlock must have work--and he must be in pursuit. Work is the blood in his veins. Work is life.
The game is afoot! And there can be no greater puzzle than what he receives in the form of one Mirabella Hudson--who might stump even Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock takes on a young female protege, Mirabella, who is brainy with a bit of spunk. She endures trials and training from the detective duo to prove her worth.
Throughout the story we get Mirabella's adoration of a handsome, dreamy Dr. Watson and love/hate attitude towards Sherlock.
I enjoyed the scenes and doings at a finishing school.
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